When Food Network announced that it would not renew its deal with Paula Deen, it filled her shows’ timeslots with episodes of Giada De Laurentiis’ shows.
Access Hollywood reported on the matter, with De Laurentiis telling hosts Billy Bush and Kit Hoover, "Her shows got replaced by my shows, so we have a lot of people not happy with me right now, as if I had anything to do with it."
Deen’s fans have been active on social media throughout her ongoing "N" word controversy, and according to Access Hollywood, they "have taken to Twitter and Facebook over the issue, telling the chef she needs to defend her fellow celebrity chef, but Giada stressed that she is not getting involved."
Deen and De Laurentiis have previously been known to have a good relationship. In February, she and Deen appeared together on the TODAY show in Miami; De Laurentiis tweeted, "Love this lady!" with a picture of them together.
"I know her as a kind woman," she told Access Hollywood.